LSU deletes crosses from fan photo

The Painted Posse wears crosses on their chests -- but not in this photo. (LSU Athletic Dept.)

The Painted Posse wears crosses on their chests -- but not in this photo. (LSU Athletic Dept.)

LSU officials admitted they altered a photo of a group of fans to delete the Christian crosses the fans had painted on their chests.

According to Fox News, LSU officials sent out a photo of the group of fans, the so-called Painted Posse, in a campus e-mail about the Tigers’ victory over South Carolina Oct. 13.

The Painted Posse is a group of Christian students who paint their bodies with LSU school colors and small crosses. The e-mail shows the group at the game, but the crosses had been digitally removed.

“I was a bit surprised, because our pictures get used so frequently, and the cross had never been edited before,” Posse member Cameron Cooke told the website CampusReform.org. “The cross painting is important to me because it represents who I am as a Christ follower. And it reminds me who I need to act like in Death Valley,” he said.

“I knew from the second I was old enough to know that I was going to LSU,” another Posse member, Joel D’Aubin, told NBC33 in Baton Rouge. “And we all have a passion for LSU football and for Christ. Just being able to be that example every single Saturday is an awesome experience.”

School spokesman Herb Vincent told the site the school altered the image to prevent other students from being offended.

“We don’t want to imply we are making any religious or political statements, so we air-brushed it out,” the school said in a statement posted on its Facebook page. “Only one of the students, who didn’t appreciate it, actually contacted us about it. So next time, we’ll just choose a different photo.”

But the statement went on to acknowledge the deletion was a mistake.

“We erred in our judgment and we have communicated our apologies to the group of young men represented in the photo whose school spirit is second to none.”

294 comments Add your comment

dawggirl

October 23rd, 2012
7:09 am

Heaven forbid someone might be offended by the sign of a cross, but let us not worry about offending all the Christians who don’t appreciate the unneccessary removal of the crosses.

rick

October 23rd, 2012
7:09 am

Once again, Christians are the only ones that can be offended and it is perfectly ok. But, we have to be careful and not offend anyone else.

tell me again

October 23rd, 2012
7:12 am

Yes, please use another photo rather than trying to eradicate a symbol that “offends”you. I guess if the young men were orthodox jews you would have air brushed their beards and religious head coverings.

82Dawg

October 23rd, 2012
7:12 am

I am offend that you took it off. Why is the country so afraid of offending someone. That is part of what is wrong today in America. We have became the society of pleasing everybody.Stand up for what you believe, so be it if you step on someones toes. Screw them if they don’t like it!!

whodat

October 23rd, 2012
7:13 am

air-brushed it out, You can tell that to the Master one day!

770to345

October 23rd, 2012
7:14 am

Can’t we just go to, play, or watch a football game without having someone’s personal, private beliefs shoved in our faces? It’s football, not church. Keep it to yourself.

Dontavius Supremo

October 23rd, 2012
7:18 am

Why is it that when we Christians are offended by something we are called religious bigots? It’s always directed AT US.

Billy O

October 23rd, 2012
7:21 am

LSU certainly didn’t mind offending Christians, now did they!!

Gg

October 23rd, 2012
7:22 am

It is so strange to me that anyone would use the cruelest torture device ever as a charm on a necklace. The Romans used a cross to make people suffer agonizingly while they died a slow and highly painful death.

Dave in Marietta

October 23rd, 2012
7:23 am

@770to345, Agreed.

Christians continued to be riduculed.....

October 23rd, 2012
7:23 am

LSU is a perfect example of decision makers without a spine! Is there NO leadership anyway anymore? Political correctness is taking over the fiber of what our god fearing country used to be. Lord,
Have mercy on us!

Matt

October 23rd, 2012
7:24 am

I’m borderline atheist and can’t stand how religion is thrust into everything. HOWEVER, if somebody has a cross on their chest it doesn’t offend me. It’s absurd to airbrush it out. I’m all about freedom of religion but it doesn’t mean freedom from religion. Sorry fellow religion haters, just roll your eyes and get over it. Now if they would ban those idiot street preachers from in front of Sanford stadium, I can get behind that haha

MariettaMike

October 23rd, 2012
7:24 am

Wow! Political correctness run amuck. It’s just kids at a football game. Should we stop showing Notre Dame on TV because they are a Catholic school? We would not want to offend anybody.

Rod

October 23rd, 2012
7:25 am

770to345 – it’s not “shoved” in your face. If you chose to ignore the cross, then IGNORE it.

I don’t think the painted on cross jumped off the guy’s body, ran over to you, jumped in your face and started yelling JESUS, JESUS, JESUS!!!

Get a life. Don’t like what someone’s wearing, DON’T LOOK! Duh.

Zinc

October 23rd, 2012
7:26 am

So why is this offensive to Christians? How are your rights being trampled upon?

LSU made the right call (though tey should just select a different photo). Government entities have no business marketing with ANY religious symbols.

the number34

October 23rd, 2012
7:26 am

If LSwho officials were so worried about offending then choose a different group to photograph altogether. Had they been photo’d holding Korans, all would be good I suppose. The last time I checked, this country is comprised by Christians as an overwhelming majority.

Richard

October 23rd, 2012
7:27 am

Gg – Seriously?

It’s worn to remind us what Jesus went through. He endured that cruel torture you speak of to save our souls. Wearing it to remind us every minute of every day is the least we can do.

gatag

October 23rd, 2012
7:30 am

As someone who has been sitting in a church weekly since I was born, I still have yet to find the passage that commands us as Christians to be offended at all possible times. The airbrushing is a bit extreme but good for LSU. They’re a public institution and they represent students of all faiths (or none, my atheist friends).

Mark2

October 23rd, 2012
7:31 am

@770 If a student or anyone else wearing a cross “offends you” , man you got some serious problems. They have a right to wear it if they are not supported by gov’t dollars. I am pretty sure this is a volunteer group.. If a student wants to wear a towel wrapped around his head to a game so be it. Each to his own . Jeeez, get a life.

JOe

October 23rd, 2012
7:32 am

Why would LSU inject themselves into this? Students express their personality and their beliefs in way that are supportive of the school. Why does LSU need to edit what these kids believe? Why would their Christian beliefs make them somehow inappropriate for a picture? Is LUS really suggesting that they would like to edit Christian believers out of the LSU family?

ken

October 23rd, 2012
7:33 am

I think it is totally poor judgement on the part of the school to remove the crosses from the students picture. If they did not want to show the Cross then they should have not used the picture. Lets take a picture of the Univ Pres and put an earring in his right ear or a rainbow lapel pin on him. See how he feels about someone making a statement using his picture.

gatag

October 23rd, 2012
7:34 am

No one is disputing the right to wear the crosses. It’s the public institution that can run into issues. You know, 1st amendment and all. Or does that not imply when the religion in question is Christianity?

As mentioned, the only “issue” here is LSU should’ve used another photo.

Patrick

October 23rd, 2012
7:34 am

Perfect in this economy, all those awful Christians were probably looking for a reason to withdraw their funding, gifts, endowments and grants to the school. The progressive and outstanding atheists out there ,who are all called to serve, will step up and foot the bill I’m sure. Or maybe the media director at LSU better be reminded why and by what modest tether they continue to have a job these days.

gatag

October 23rd, 2012
7:34 am

Leo

October 23rd, 2012
7:35 am

Only the mentally weak and intellectually challenged are offended by symbols.

Mark2

October 23rd, 2012
7:36 am

@ Mike, good point, Touchdown Jesus has got to go. It offends me when N.D. scores a t.d.

Bill

October 23rd, 2012
7:38 am

Good for LSU. The behavior exhibited by so many Christians today is what has helped make the cross an offensive symbol of hatred and intolerance that in no way represents the teachings of Jesus.

suicide fart

October 23rd, 2012
7:39 am

the crosses don’t bother me, and i’m not religious at all. actually, the only thing that did bother me was when all those idiots waited in long lines at Chick-Fil-A just to make a point. then again, only point they made was that they were stupid enough to wait in line for over an hour for fast food.

Milledgeville DAWG

October 23rd, 2012
7:44 am

I just DO NOT understand this. GOD please reach out to MR. Vincent and the administation of LSU, they need your help.

Karen

October 23rd, 2012
7:45 am

suicide fart – they stood in line to support a man’s decision to have his own opinion.

Guess you don’t think you’re entitled to have an opinion.

Seriously?

October 23rd, 2012
7:45 am

I’m offended by yellow – the sun, the submarine, blondes, mustard, etc.

Jeez, you’re always going to offend someone no matter what you do.

We live in America where you have a right to express yourself. Get over it.

Jesus

October 23rd, 2012
7:47 am

You supposed christians sure like to play the victim don’t you?

Grow a pair, man up and shut up.

suicide fart

October 23rd, 2012
7:54 am

Karen, guess you’re one of those idiots that stood in line too?

Tiger5

October 23rd, 2012
7:54 am

I’ve never been to LSU’s campus, but i bet there are some turbins and such being worn around campus

suicide fart

October 23rd, 2012
7:56 am

and Karen, they stood in line b/c they are against gay marriage … it’s that plain and simple. I’m smart enough to know that waiting in line for fast food for over an hour is a dumb idea, especially on a lunch break. I’m also smart enough to eat at Chick-Fil-A the following week.

Shug

October 23rd, 2012
7:57 am

“We don’t want to imply we are making any religious or political statements, so we air-brushed it out,” the school said in a statement.

–Isn’t airbrushing it out making a rather strong statement?

suicide fart

October 23rd, 2012
8:01 am

and let me repeat this again, ANYBODY WHO PURPOSELY WAITS IN A FAST FOOD LINE FOR MORE THAN HOUR IS AN IDIOT. anywho, like i said before, the crosses don’t bother me.

Senior Citizen Kane

October 23rd, 2012
8:03 am

I’m surprised so many people are willing to tolerate censorship. Journalistically, altering a photo in this way is totally unacceptable.

Brand naming

October 23rd, 2012
8:05 am

LSU has every right to promote or not promote any image or cause in the pictures they send out. If LSU has a contract with Coke, you know they will be removing all images of Pepsi from every picture they send out. If they have a contract with Nike, Addidas will be removed. If they have a policy of non-promotion of religion, then all known religious symbols will be removed. What’s so hard to understand about that? Unless you think Christians are the only ones entitled to free-load on LSUs dollar.

Dumb and Dumber

October 23rd, 2012
8:09 am

If any other religious symbol had been affixed to them (Star of David, Crescent Moon, love beads, whatever), no air brushing would have taken place. And the cheesy statement by the University lapdog is funny.
This reminds me a few years ago of the University of Wisconsin inserting a black person into a crowd picture from the football statement on the media cover, then having it brought to their attention that the person they used was a big anti-football student on campus. Too funny. If you don’t like the original picture, just don’t use it. Don’t alter it.
PC run amuck on University campuses. Who’d have thought it :)
And, as with many government flunkies, that’s tax dollars at work. We’ll let the LA state taxpayers decide whether they think such people are worthy of their tax dollars (although

Voodoo Bayou

October 23rd, 2012
8:12 am

Too much skulduggery in that state. Lost their morals if they ever had any.

martin

October 23rd, 2012
8:13 am

Lets take religion out of this all together. What the school did was step all over their rights to freedom of expression. They chose t use the photo and then could not except the fact that the students were expressing their beliefe out in the open. This to me is another time when peoples civil rights were walked all over.

Baltiraul

October 23rd, 2012
8:15 am

God forbid we offend an atheist or non-believer! Ask yourself, how about offending the majority of Americans w/ your PC attitudes. Hard to believe this happened in Louisana.

Romney

October 23rd, 2012
8:17 am

Who cares? They were LSU fans anyways.

FlintDawg

October 23rd, 2012
8:17 am

Gg – Christians do not wear the Cross as a charm.

We wear it as a reminder of how brutal our Saviour died on the Cross for your sins!

SBinF

October 23rd, 2012
8:18 am

A far better question is why do some Christians feel they need to advertise to the entire world? If you’re a Christian, you show it through your actions. It’s easy to paint on a cross, much more difficult to live as Christ did.

Stephen

October 23rd, 2012
8:18 am

Never thought I would see this anywhere close to home. Booooo…. LSU

Call It Like It Is

October 23rd, 2012
8:20 am

“Only one of the students, who didn’t appreciate it, actually contacted us about it. So next time, we’ll just choose a different photo.”
Well you just do that sparky, that will show them. Jackwagon!

PK

October 23rd, 2012
8:21 am

The question we need to ask ourselves is, “If this were a Muslim symbol, how great would the outrage be?” Answer: Tremendous.

A great follow up questions would be, “Why are we not concerned with offending Christians but very careful in not offending Muslims?”

Answer:__________

loel

October 23rd, 2012
8:23 am

to Zinc and other sheltered ones, LSU is their school to. If LSU was proud enough to select and then use the photo, then they without doubt use it as it really is, not altered.